By ADRIAN STEWART CO
The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses vented its ire at the Arellano University Lady Chiefs with a 25-16, 31-29, 25-18 beating in the Shakey’s Super League playoffs at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila over the weekend.
Jonna Perdido spearheaded the offense with 13 points on 11 attacks and two service aces as the Golden Tigresses stayed in second spot with a 4-1 record in Pool E.
Incoming rookie Angeline Poyos continued her decent showing for the Golden Tigresses with 12 markers, while Regina Jurado contributed seven points.
Perdido, who was named Player of the Game, said the Golden Tigresses are fired up to bounce back after their 25-19, 25-20, 25-16 defeat to the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs on Saturday, October 14.
“Kami po lahat, parang gigil manalo kasi ang pangit ng performance namin against NU, kaya po ganoon ‘yung performance namin this game,” Perdido said.
Meanwhile, defending champion Lady Bulldogs continued their winning ways as they scored a 25-20, 25-18, 25-15 straight set romp over the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles.
Mhicaela Belen, the former UAAP Rookie-MVP, unloaded 13 points on 11 attacks and two blocks to headline the Lady Bulldogs’ sweep of the Blue Eagles under the watch of Philippine men’s national team mentor Sergio Veloso.
The Lady Bulldogs, now under mentor Norman Miguel, needed only 84 minutes to take down the Blue Eagles to stay on track for a title retention bid after sweeping the inaugural season.
“Hindi po kami nakakampante sa game. Lagi naming iniisip na meron pa kaming dapat i-improve, which is nagagawa namin sa training. Kaya pagdating sa game, hindi na kami masyadong nahihirapan,” Belen said.
The Lady Bulldogs stretched their unbeaten run in five games to zero on a no. 1 seed finish in Pool E, while the Lady Chiefs and the Blue Eagles dropped to 3-2 and 2-3 records, respectively./ASC, WDJ